Simon Cowell confirms there will be TWO new X Factor shows this year and has plans for a second Britain's Got Talent show too.
Simon has a 4 year plan for both shows scrapping the tradition X Factor this year, he said he couldn’t stand idle and watch them succumb to an ongoing ratings slide.
There will be TWO series of The X Factor this year — one featuring celebrities and the other show will be an all-star line up of ex contestants.
With the success of America's Got Talent - The Champions he is also launching Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, which will run in addition to the normal show.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun Simon said “I want to clear up any myths — because I’ve got some exciting news.
“I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity.
“The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year.
“I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.”
Simon is also hoping to get the same panel back as last year. With no public audition rounds this should fit in with Robbie's tour schedule.
After halting the first round of auditions this week he added “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show.
“ITV wanted the regular X Factor and, as I’ve told you before, we’ve been offered a new five-year deal on both formats, which we haven’t agreed to yet.
“We just want to get this part cleared up first.. Then next year the main X Factor show will change again and we’ve got something very, very exciting, that I can’t get into yet, but it’s a four-year plan.”
“I would never want to sit and watch a show like The X Factor slowly fade away and fail but there is only one risk and that’s doing nothing. That is what I call a risk.”
Simon is hoping to stretch the two shows over the second half of the year, timings still have to be agreed with ITV.
He added “It runs for bloody months. No other show can run for months, it’s like putting on a soap opera every year, so that’s what we’ve got to work out, but I’ve got a plan.”
“Now we’ve just got to get the dates sorted.”
Well this sounds very exciting and should hopefully boost the interest and ratings. We will keep you updated as we find out more.